Music, artist interviews, and upcoming performances around western Montana.

It was a difficult year for many. Music provided relief and re-assurance as we struggled with a changing world and our place in it. Long-time artists, some on their 22nd or 23rd albums, released the most hopeful and joyful albums of their careers. Others gave us moody, reflective and mysterious records. Throughout, music echoed the many emotions and stories of our lives. 

It’s been thirty years since the release of “The Trinity Sessions,” and a little less time since Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock legends The Cowboy Junkies first visited with “Musician’s Spotlight” host, John Floridis. For over three decades, siblings Michael, Margo and Peter Timmins, along with Alan Anton and Jeff Bird have toured their quiet, spare songs around the globe, releasing early albums on major labels, but more recently on their own Latent Recordings.

A look back on holiday music, from Musician's Spotlight.

John Floridis hosts a holiday retrospective edition of "Musician's Spotlight," featuring music by artists who have appeared on the show during the past two decades. You'll hear music by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; Derek Trucks with McCoy Tyner; NewGrange; John Gorka; Jerry Douglas; Alison Krauss with Natalie MacMaster; Karan Casey; and The Indigo Girls with Brandi Carlile. Pour a glass, light a fire in the fireplace and enjoy this tribute to the season with John Floridis and "Musician's Spotlight."

Step up!  Step up! The Psychedelic Circus calls upon you to attend our Winter Solstice show, a psychedelic Bacchanal honoring the ancient Deity who slumbers deep within each of our psyches. Featuring selections from Pink Floyd's mad 1960's Druidic oeuvre, our celebration sets the controls for the heart of the sun as Ancient Helios reverses course in the Sky. Tune in, or listen online Friday December 15, 10 p.m. on Montana Public Radio or at  Join Doc. Sandoz & Joan Richarde for a musical toast to Saturnalia!

Snuggles Oversees The Christmas Folk Show

Dec 4, 2017
Stan Howe

With the help of Snuggles, a teddy bear made from his mother's old coat, Stan Howe prepares for his annual Christmas edition of The Folk Show.

"Once a year," says Howe, "around his birthday, I get him out, set him on the 78 turntable and we do my Christmas show for MTPR, remembering the long ago days when my mother turned an old black jacket she didn't like into a teddy bear that has been loved ever since."